Alvin Summers is the Director of the University of Tennessee at Martin Gospel Choir. Reverend Summers is a highly recognized Pastor, musician, writer, college instructor, and over all servant of God. This unique individual has taught, preached, performed and recorded all over the country for numerous groups of people. He has made a great impact on the lives that he has come into contact with.
At age fourteen, he became the Gospel Choir Leader at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. Soon after that he recorded with the Children of Christ, a well-known gospel group in Texarkana. While a student at Henderson State University, Summers was the Director of the Henderson State Angelic Voices of Christ Gospel Choir. His love of music spilled over into the community as he worked with the Quachita Baptist University Gospel Choir in Hot Springs, Arkansas, opened for Keith Pringle (a well known gospel singer) in Little Rock, Arkansas and organized the First City Gospel Choir in Hot Springs.
After his completing his degree at Henderson State University, Summers remained in Hot Springs, becoming the bandleader and performer in the "Bath House Show." He also organized, directed and composed original material for "The Alvin Summers Gospel Music Revue," the first live gospel music show of its kind also in Hot Springs. Gaining recognition throughout the area, he was asked to grace the stage before 30,000 people in Hot Springs and sing the Star Spangled Banner. He was also asked to sing the National Anthem for President William Clinton on national television, and he has performed the National Anthem two times at the United Center in Chicago for the NBA World Champion Chicago Bulls.
Reverend Summers is currently the Pastor of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Martin, Tennessee. Previously, he held the following positions: Leader of the Youth Choir at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Minister of Music at Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Arkadelphia; Minister of Music at the Phoenix Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi; Minister of Music at the Springdale Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee; Dean of Students at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee; and Director of the Bethel College Balladeers. He has also done a recording with the National Civil Rights Gospel Choir on a benefit project for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. He conducted the first City Wide Thanksgiving Choir (an interracial gospel choir), and he is the organizer, director, and writer for V.I.P. (Voices in Praise) Gospel Ensemble.
Reverend Summers, his wife, Colleen, and their two children, Cice and Autumn, reside in Martin, Tennessee.
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